News reports indicate the coalition government is looking to reform licensing laws, starting with banning the sale of below-cost alcohol. Great stuff indeed - The Gazette covered this story locally earlier in the year but now it looks like it will be happening.
It has been recognised by many bodies that selling alcohol below cost price encourages the binge-drinking. This has serious health impacts on our communities and neighbourhoods, and Greens have long pushed for the banning of such loss-leading offers. This summer Tesco was selling wine bottles below £1.50 and in one place as little as £1.11. Yet they have argued they support the Government's efforts to ban giveaway prices. That was surely yet another example of why supermarkets cannot be allowed to police themselves. It is no wonder many of us want a strong watchdog.
Time and time again residents have asked why such weak licensing legislation means they must put up with disruption and intrusion. We call on the government to hold true to their promise of reform to empower the council to make positive decisions for local people.